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Mountain Dew signs Salman Khan as first brand

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Posted: 22 December 2010 at 11:09pm | IP Logged
23 Dec, 2010, 01.55AM IST, Ratna Bhushan & Meenakshi Verma Ambwani,ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Pepsico's soft drink brand Mountain Dew has signed Salman Khan for an annual fee estimated at Rs 5 crore, placing the Dabangg superstar at par with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Riding high on the success of his film Dabangg, one of the biggest hits of this year, Salman becomes Mountain Dew's first brand ambassador. So far, the lemon-based drink had opted for high-energy commercials featuring high-octane stunts.

The deal places Salman ahead of other film stars such as Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan , said two executives from the celebrity management space. "This is the first time a brand ambassador has been signed for Mountain Dew in India," a PepsiCo spokesman said. He declined to comment on the deal size.

When contacted, Matrix India Entertainment Consultants founder director Vivek Kamath did not comment on the development. The agency manages Salman's endorsements. PepsiCo has positioned Mountain Dew as a macho drink with the tagline,'darr ke aage jeet hai'.

The company spokesman said Salman identifies with the philosophy of the brand and has a strong national appeal. The beverage maker has chosen the 45-year-old Salman Khan when its flagship brand Pepsi promotes itself as a youth-centric brand in line with its 'youngistan' theme. (He is 44, not 45, on this 27th Dec, he will be 45, people get ur facts correct)

In fact, brand Pepsi dropped actor Shah Rukh Khan and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in the last two years, justifying that the two stars did not fit in with the brand's 'young' image.

This year, Salman has been a sort of saviour to Bollywood. While some of the most hyped films like Hrithik Roshan's Guzarish and Abhishek Bachchan's Raavan flopped, Shah Rukh Khan's My Name is Khan was an average grosser. In fact, even before Dabangg became the hit that it has, general entertainment channel Colors had roped in Salman as host of its popular show Bigg Boss' fourth season.

The actor is reportedly being paid Rs 3-3.5 crore per episode, though this could not be confirmed. Dabangg is said to be the highest grosser for 2010, beating Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots in the domestic box office sweepstakes.


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Posted: 23 December 2010 at 12:03am | IP Logged
Great looking forward to see the brand Salman Khan Thumbs Up
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Posted: 23 December 2010 at 12:37am | IP Logged
i think he is the perfect ambassador for this one as the tagline says darr ke aagey jeet hai and he is dabangg khan who just fits the tagline so well Embarrassed

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